JET LAG SKIN
I fly constantly and try to drink as much water as I can throughout the flight. I apply Sundari’s Neem Cream regularly when I fly. Neem is an indigenous ingredient from the Indian Himalayas and has many healing properties. It is also a natural antiseptic and deeply hydrating,’ says supermodel Christy Turlington.
Flying can wreak havoc on the skin. The combination of cabin pressure and dehydration cause skin to look grey and old. Take a few precautions before you hit the tarmac:
1 Make sure you drink plenty of water (not alcohol) on the flight. Cabin air is drierthan the Sahara Desert, so keep drinking water throughout. Avoid caffeine, too, as it is dehydrating.
2 Do not wear make-up. It is guaranteed to look awful by the time you land, not to mention making your skin feel tight during the flight. Use a moisturizer such as Prescriptives Flight Cream to ensure your skin retains its water levels until you land.
3 Walk up and down the aisle, if at all feasible, and do leg exercises (rotate ankles up and down, and in alternate directions) every half hour to avoid water retention and sluggish circulation.
4 Prevent static hair with a product such as Kiehl’s Silk Groom. Taking a satin pillowcase with you will also help, as airline pillows create chaos with your hair.
5 Take on board an aromatherapy kit specifically designed for flying. Daniele Ryman and Aromatherapeutics make great ones that will keep you awake or help you sleep, as well as protect you from the many germs that are rife in recirculated cabin air.
6 Remember that getting over a flight can be more stressful than getting on one. The Hale Clinic offers renowned light-therapy treatments to jet lag sufferers, which are worth the investment.
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